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The Selfish Gene. Picturing myself purely as a machine for propagating my genes was quite the perspective shift.

+1 for Man’s Search For Meaning.

Lord of the Flies. Amazing that this is assigned reading in middle school (or high school).

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. Really drove home the importance of paying attention to language and framing.

Moby Dick. I’m amazed at myself for reading this on my own in high school. There’s something about that era of sea travel that speaks to my soul.

6 Pillars Of Self-Esteem. This was a HN recommendation. I’ve been doing the sentence completion exercises for about 6 months, and it’s been astounding to palpably feel my self-awareness increase.

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Discusses the underlying group dynamics that influence the progress of science.

A Fire Upon The Deep. Just an amazing work of sci-fi exploring the internal logic of radically different forms of intelligence.

The Sane Society. It’s liberating to reflect on some of the crazy things that capitalism pressures us to do.

The Power Of Now. I think I might have some more issues if I re-read it, but it undoubtedly had a huge impact on me and made me introspect deeply and finally “get” meditation.

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